SOPA

ACTA's back
Technology issues are now a matter for citizens of the internet and not just big corporations. Now that the US bills SOPA and PIPA have been put on ice, attention has returned to their parent, an international treaty called ACTA. I've written extensively about ACTA before, but in summary it is an... Read more
3 comments Posted 6 Feb 2012 by Simon Phipps Feed
Why SOPA and PIPA are bad for open source
The widespread internet blackout last week in protest at unbalanced legislation being rushed through the US Congress was dramatic and notable. I did have some questions though on why it was important to the open source community. The way the laws have been framed by their proponents makes them look... Read more
1 comment Posted 26 Jan 2012 by Simon Phipps Feed
Did the SOPA blackout work? (And was it really a blackout?)
Yesterday I posted screenshots of 127 websites that “blacked out” to protest the SOPA and PIPA legislation before the US Congress. Another site I came across reported that 7,000 sites had gone black. There was no citation, but I believe it if you include every blog that WordPress enabled to... Read more
8 comments Posted 19 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
I'll be updating this post throughout the day with more images of sites that have joined the SOPA blackout. Leave a comment with any site you'd like to be added to the gallery, which will remain here after the blackout is over. Also note that these are "above the fold" screencaps--if you have full-... Read more
74 comments Posted 18 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Word of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)'s demise are flying across the web. But the fight isn't over, for two reasons:
1 comment Posted 16 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Last week, there were some rumors that a few rather high-profile sites were considering taking down their sites, possibly in conjunction with SOPA and PIPA returning to Congress January 23 and 24. Within a day, the rumors were denied. Today, however, several have stepped up to say there will be... Read more
4 comments Posted 12 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
The No SOPA Chrome extension
The fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) isn't over. It returns to the Senate table late this month--as does PROTECT IP.
0 comments Posted 6 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Open*Law: 2011 in review
As we wrote in last year's year-in-review, patents are a big focus at the intersection of open source and law. This year was no different--2011 saw Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership go before the Supreme Court. It was affirmed, 8-0 on June 9, rejecting Microsoft's request to change the... Read more
0 comments Posted 30 Dec 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
What SOPA means for [fill in the blank]
Today the House Judiciary Committee spent four hours debating HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA, despite early successes of momentum against it. No vote was taken. Yesterday, many of those those who get their news from newspapers saw an ad taken out in major papers around... Read more
0 comments Posted 15 Dec 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
What's on the blacklist? Three sites that SOPA could put at risk
Proponents of the latest disastrous IP bill, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) insist it only targets the "worst of the worst:" so-called "rogue" foreign websites that profit from pirating U.S. intellectual property. But the broad definitions and vague language in the bill could place dangerous... Read more
3 comments Posted 17 Nov 2011 by Electronic Frontier Foundation (Red Hat) Feed